01 October 2014

39/52

and just so I can be all caught up with the 52 project here is Oliver at the Boston Children's Museum from Monday way up high in the climbing structure. He loves this thing and he even has a spot at the top where he lounges which he calls "his couch". fearless, this one.

38/52

This picture just about sums up how I feel, in need of a good nap (although Oliver is faux-napping here).  This post is going to be a medley of pictures from before and during our jaunt down to DC. So read on and catch up!

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

This post has been in my draft box for more than week. Heck Oliver and I have been to DC and back but we had such a lovely morning that I still wanted to share it. We have been having some epic fall weather, you know the kind you wish you could bottle up and open in February? (although I must admit today is grey and rainy) So on such a gorgeous day we struck out to the DeCordova Sculpture and Museum to wander the grounds and explore. I actually have been meaning to bring Oliver here since we moved back but it just kept getting moved to the side. Well, silly me! We had a ball exploring the outdoor sculpture park and Oliver was engaged while I dorked out a bit explaining some of the various in and outs of the works, I guess he is used to me rambling when it comes to art!

Click through to see a bunch of pictures.

19 September 2014

Link it: Project Wild Thing

Since I've been feeling a bit under the weather with the first cold of the season (yay, back to school germs) I have been taking Oliver to school then coming home taking Luna (our dog) for a walk and then settling in with a cup of Tazo Refresh Mint tea (my fave) and either reading or popping on the telly. I love documentaries. I love all types of documentaries. Historical. Social. Science and Nature. All of it. So I tend to try to browse through the documentary section of Netflix when I have the time to watch a program all for myself. And the documentary that I found to watch was interesting enough to share here called, Project Wild Thing.


The basic premise of the documentary is about a normal Dad from London, David Bond who appoints himself as the Marketing Director of Mother Nature because he sees that his children are watching too much telly and are not playing outside as much as they should. Bond goes to various marketing gurus and creates a lovely manifesto that implores people of all ages to go outside and explore and embrace their childhood:
"The Wild Network exists to champion and support connection with nature and 
wildness in children and young people.
The Wild Network mission is to support children, parents and guardians 
of children to roam free, play wild and connect with nature.
We believe all children should have the right to access the outdoors for play, 
learning, expression and development of healthy mind and body.
We encourage, provoke, nudge, support, innovate and campaign for children, 
kids and young folk to get up and outside."

Even though we live in the city we do try to get Oliver outside as much as possible. We go to our neighbohood park daily (weather permitting) and we go hiking in the surrounding reservations and we also go to Drumlin Farm to see animals but we still do exist in our daily life in a city setting and I do hope that Oliver can foster a love and respect for Mother Nature. I hope that we as parents can remember to let go a bit and embrace the saying coined by Lady Allen of Hurtwood a landscape architect; "Better a broken bone than a broken spirit."


17 September 2014

37/52

Now that Oliver is back at school and loving playing with all of his friends we decided why not rock the boat a wee bit more and move him from his toddler bed into a bigger bed and by bigger I mean we put him into a full bed! He loves it and got to pick out sheets at Target. He went with the Avengers so he now rests with Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man, not too bad for a 3 1/2 year old! The first night I went in after he was asleep to peek on him an oh my did he look so small in that big bed but he is loving it and it has made his room look much more spacious. So now he can get on with playing Dr. Oliver and taking care of his fuzzy friends, maybe even he will learn to play upstairs on his own for more than two minutes before he desperately needs me for something, anything

waiting for lunch. (with a sweet before?!) 

watching the trucks. 

16 September 2014

Love it: Apple Picking

Over the weekend we went on our first apple picking excursion of the year. We went to a favourtite spot in Stow, MA called Honey Pot Hill Orchard. They have vast orchards and if you walk a bit deeper than the other people, suddenly you have an entire beautiful row of apple trees all to yourself. The other main reason for going to Honey Pot Hill are the doughnuts! Oh my goodness, they are amazing! And if you are lucky when you get your 1/2 dozen (yup, 1/2 dozen is the smallest order) you will squeal with delight to find that they are warm! So continue reading for a mass of photos of use galavanting through the orchard!

12 September 2014

Friday.

Today is a warm, early fall day and after I took Oliver to school this morning I got the day off. And I'm not talking a few hours before I had to go pick up the bug, I mean the whole day! Matt picked Oliver up from school and I got to go out and run some errands, treat myself to a tasty lunch at Sweet Green. And currently I am lounging in the sunshine at Wellesley College until I get to meet up with one of my dearest friends, Liz for dinner! Booyah Friday! I certainly hope everyone else's weekend starts out as glorious as mine.